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A parts bill in Michigan is close to becoming law. House Bill 4344 - a 62-page bill that updates the 1974 Michigan Motor Vehicle Service and Repair Act - passed in the House on May 31, 2016 and went to the Senate for a vote on June 1. The bill would authorize fines for failing to register a facility. Among other things the bill would prohibit a repair shop from replacing a part with one not made by the vehicle’s maker without customer notice and permission.
It’s the wording about original parts that has some industry associations concerned. The Auto Care Association is encouraging its members in Michigan to contact the governor’s office and request he veto H.B. 4344. The association stated in its capital report that the bill’s language was crafted to restrict the vehicle repair community’s access to a broad range of non-OEM parts. Additional details include:
- The period covered by the regulation is the term of the vehicle manufacturer’s original warranty, or during the first five years of the vehicle manufacturer’s original warranty; whichever is less.
- The motor vehicle repair facility shall replace the major component part with one of the following: a new original equipment manufacturer part, a used or recycled original equipment manufacturer part or a part that meets any applicable federal motor vehicle safety standards established under 49 CFR 571, and meets the standards for parts recognized as OEM-comparable quality as verified by the Certified Automotive Parts Association, NSF international or another nationally-recognized automotive parts testing agency.
- The facility must be directed by the owner of the motor vehicle, in writing, for permission to install a part that does not meet subdivision (a), (b), or (c), [above].
The Aftermarket Suppliers association (www.aftermarketsuppliers.org) is also urging its members to contact Gov. Rick Snyder. The group stated, if enacted, this bill would limit Michigan consumers’ choices about repair options, and increase prices by giving strong preference to OEM parts for repairs. The measure also would have a negative impact on existing aftermarket retail sales and manufacturing jobs.
It also said MEMA, AASA and the Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Association (MERA) have been advocating against this measure since its introduction in February.
Billy Roberts, owner of Roberts Salvage, Inc. in Moffett, Okla., will serve on the state’s Used Motor Vehicle and Parts Commission. Senator Mark Allen welcomed Roberts to the Oklahoma State Capitol during session this year. Roberts is Governor Mary Fallin’s executive nomination to the board.
The Senate confirmation hearing with the Business and Commerce Committee was held on May 17 at 9:00 a.m., when Roberts was formally introduced and accepted by the committee. He will serve a six-year term as an at-large member, beginning July 1, 2016 and expiring June 30, 2022.
“Billy has been employed by the family auto recycling business since his graduation in 1972 and became co-owner with his father in 1992,” said Senator Allen. “He is very active in the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) and has served a total of about 17 years on the Board of Directors. Billy has been an automotive dismantler for 44 years, and has a thorough knowledge of the business. It was my pleasure to nominate Billy Roberts for this appointment and I have every confidence he will serve Oklahoma citizens fairly and well.”
Quest Resource Holding Corporation (www.qrhc.com) announced it has begun offering what it believes is a safe, sustainable, turnkey solution to destroy all Takata recalled air bags.
As recently cited in a CNN article, a May expansion of the Takata air bag recall by the United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) called for an additional recall of 35 to 40 million air bags. Including the previously recalled 28.8 million air bags, the total recall is now estimated at more than 60 million air bags.
Quest’s air bag recycling program, which is being offered to over 12,000 dealership and automotive aftermarket client locations, is designed to ensure the destruction of recalled air bags to prevent the recalled items from being sold in the secondary market, while reducing the dealerships’ environmental footprint.
"We believe our easy to use solution will help dealerships across North America navigate the uncertainty about what to do with the massive influx of recalled air bags," said Ray Hatch, Quest’s CEO. "We will help national dealership groups properly handle the recalled air bags by not only destroying them, but also by recycling the recovered plastics and metal and by delivering the certificate of destruction the dealerships need to be reimbursed from the manufacturer."
Hollander LLC and eBay Motors are teaming up to present the Hollander - eBay Technology Summit, August 11 - 13, 2016, in Minneapolis, Minn. The event will provide eCommerce ideas, solutions, best practices and training to help automotive recyclers become more productive and profitable, Hollander stated.
“This is the right event at the right time, given the challenges our industry is facing,” said Mary Moberg, Marketing Director at Hollander, LLC. “For success both today and into the future, we need to embrace eCommerce and new technologies while tapping into the collective wisdom of the brightest minds in the industry. The Hollander – eBay Technology Summit is the ideal forum for making it happen.”
Summit 2016 consists of a welcome reception, two days of educational sessions, presentations, keynote speeches and networking opportunities.
Participants can choose to attend Day 1, Day 2 or both.
Summit 2016 will also showcase several keynote speakers, including Jon Acuff, bestselling author of five books, including “Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work and Never Get Stuck,” and voted one of the best speakers of 2015 by the Meeting & Convention Planners association. Also speaking will be Sree Menon, Head of Parts and Accessories at eBay Motors and Tanvir Arfi, Global Head of SMR & Parts Platform SVP Solera Holdings, Inc.
Throughout the event attendees can preview new technologies at Hollander’s aptly named Technology Test Drive Center. There they’ll have the opportunity to try out new software and other tools for running their yards more efficiently and cost effectively. Hollander’s IT experts will be on hand to answer technical questions and provide technology advice.
Registration for the Hollander - eBay Technology Summit is now open at info.hollandersolutions.com/summit.
The Locator has just made finding classic vehicles and parts easier than ever. We’ve taken the inventories of some of our best classic specialist customers from across the country and compiled them to create an easy, online search. The Locator Classics Search, www.partslocator.com/Classics, features nearly 700 classic cars.
Cars can be searched by year, make, state and even recycler. Many of the listings include a photo of the actual vehicle. Our search also gives details about the companies selling the car or part - where they are located and the best way to get in contact with them. Some, like Hidden Valley Auto Parts, will ship parts anywhere.
A selection of the online listings will also appear in The Locator Magazine in the Classic Parts section. If you have classic parts and are interested in adding your inventory to our search, call Cindy or Tina at 800-831-0820 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 2016 Deadlines
June 29, 2016: Listings for The Locator Magazine.
July 1, 2016: Display ads for The Locator Magazine.
July 7, 2016: The Locator Magazine goes to press.